Monday, December 2, 2013

Saying "NO"

The word "NO" is probably one of the most powerful words of the English language. Knowing when and how to say it can make all the difference in life

Looking back at my own life, for the very many times when I have said “NO” to many dear ones and hurt them / disappointed them / changed the course of their lives - I’d do things differently

Be it family, friends, colleagues, managers, people working for me, random strangers,…

Saying “NO” is both an art and craft, I am yet to master it.. What about you?

Written for Write Tribe's "100 Words on Saturday" prompt - "I'd do things differently"

22 comments:

  1. Well said Nischala...even when I look back esp to my teenage years the only answer for everything my parents said was NO...I know now how at times I had hurt them and given a chance I'd definitely do things differently!

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    1. yeah! Aditi - with family it still is different. but with other, you may just never get another chance.. so I think those words should be used wisely. Thanks for stopping by

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  2. I can't say No. I wish I learnt that. It is absolutely necessary to say No and you should be glad you have been able to say tat with all conviction.

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    1. you will learn with time.. and life experiences.. there is no other way to survive :)

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  3. This post resonates so very much with my thoughts on this particular topic. I have learnt the hard way that at times in life saying an unambiguous NO is the best decision that I have probably taken in the long run. Nice post.

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    1. Thanks Jairam. Life is indeed the best teacher

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  4. sometimes It's better to say no but sometimes it shouldn't be used at all

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    1. oh yes! i agree.. but many people can never get themselves to say NO

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  5. With the kind of competition going on around and with people trying to achieve heights in their life no matter what ...they are saying Yes to every chance even those with bad consequences and no to everything else even if you really wanted to say yes...so, 'no' after a fair judgement makes all the difference

    Its the kind of art no one can master to perfection i guess...Nice post!

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    1. at the end of the day you should be true to yourself. else that catches up on you. sometimes you can't say NO.. but that cannot be the reason always. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment

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  6. Very nice post Nischala. Saying the right YES and NO at crucial times is very important. At times I wish I had uttered the right word but jumbled up with each other. Now most of times I am firm with a right YES or NO.

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    1. Thanks Kalpana for reading! That's a great asset Kalpana.. and a lot of the clarity comes with age and experience I guess.. - especially for the girls / ladies.

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  7. I find it very tough to say NO which is not necessarily a good thing. Guess, I am too faint-hearted, Nischala. Love the angle u took.
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    1. Thanks Vishal.. Now you should make a new year resolution to say NO atleast once a week,,, you will feel good, trust me on this! we were all in the same boat like you and when I realized I'll sink without saying NO, i started.. good luck!

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  8. "Saying “NO” is both an art and craft." very well said.

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  9. Great thought Nischala. It's a reverse problem for me.. not being able to say No enough.. sigh! either ways it's a bad situation.

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    1. To each his / her own.. But I think its worth learning it.. Two powerful words!. Thanks for reading

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  10. Saying No is a tricky thing, most of us have a tough time saying it.

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    1. Absolutely! Its tough the first time you say it.. Gets easier with practice

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